Hello friend, what a treat I have for you today.
I've been saving this for some time and I hope that you enjoy this gift as much as I did when I first unwrapped it.
Before I tell you a little more about the art that we will be 'playing' with today, I wonder if you can guess the medium that the artist has used?
Did you say embroidery wool?
That's right, both of these pieces have been created entirely with thread!
The artist is Cayce Zavaglia and this is what she says about her art:
"I still consider myself a painter and find it difficult not to refer to these embroidered portraits as "paintings". Although the medium employed is crewel embroidery wool, the technique borrows more from the worlds of drawing and painting.
Initially, working with an established range of wool colours proved frustrating. Unlike painting, I was unable to mix the colours by hand. Progressively, I created a system of sewing threads in a sequence that would ultimately give the allusion of a certain colour or tone.
The direction in which the threads were sewn had to mimic the way lines are layered in a drawing to give the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Over time the stitches have become tighter and more complex but ultimately more evocative of flesh, hair, and cloth."
Are you as astounded as I am?
I would dearly love to see Cayce's work in real life as I think it would be phenomenal to be able to get really close and see the stitches, then walk backwards watching as the image altered with distance.
I'm sure that you would like to see more of these incredible portraits, pop on over to her website here.
As we play with this art today, I'm happy for you to either comment on the art as a process or to tell me what lies behind the eyes of today's portraitures.
Happy day my friend, I hope that there is much in the little details that positively astounds you.